Serving all of Louisiana

Educators + Support Staff

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

Pre-K4

Cecile Olivieri

Pre-K4 Teacher
I am a Parisienne and I love Paris, but I also love traveling and discovering other cultures. I studied in Paris and then I left to study in Dublin, Ireland. I returned to France and taught in Paris and then in the south at Perpignan. When I moved to Louisiana I didn’t know how long I would stay, and here I am 10 years later! I am incredibly happy living in New Orleans, it’s a wonderful city. This year I look forward to new experiences at Lycée!

Elise Becker

Pre-K4 Teacher

I come from Nancy, a city in the northern region of France. There I studied psychology at university before starting my career in teaching, which was over 25 years ago. I have two sons who are studying in university now. To them I have given the gifts of hard work, kindness, music, culture, curiosity for the world, love of life, and a good sense of humor.

Sam Fick

Pre-K4 Teacher

I was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana. I attended Louisiana State University–during which time I studied in Nantes, France–where I received my B.A. in English Literature. After graduating I worked for a year in Le Mans, France as a high school English teacher. Upon returning to Louisiana in 2012 I began working at Lycée Français as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten class. I was also an assistant teacher in a Pre-K4 class before beginning my current role as an interventionist. In my free time I enjoy gardening, cooking, swimming, reading, and bicycling.
Florence Olivieri

Pre-K4 Teacher
Hello! I’m from the Paris region. After having taught for 12 years I wished to experience something new and I chose Louisiana because it’s an area that I really like. Teaching for me is a passion, I love to spend time with my students because they are so creative! Outside of school I play sports and take long walks with my dog.

Kindergarten

Audrey Isidore

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello, my name is Audrey Joyce Isidore. I am a teacher from Brussels, Belgium since 2010. I have been teaching kindergarten for 10 years. I’m originally from Haiti and I usually travel to the United States; New York, Florida, or Pennsylvania to visit my family. Louisiana is new to me. Coming to teach your children at the Lycée Français in New Orleans, it’s a dream come true.

Viviane Lerichard

Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Viviane, I am originally from Martinique! I graduated from the “Université des Antilles” with a Masters in teaching French as a Foreign Language. After 12 years as an Accountant Director Assistant, I decided to pursue Education. Throughout the past 16 years I have passionately dedicated myself to teaching Pre-K and Elementary grades, as well as, adults. To my surprise, it was teaching at a PreK-Elementary level that inspired me to reflect the most on the way we learn, and in particular how we take in a foreign language. In part due to the multicultural atmosphere of New Orleans and my experiences as an immersion teacher, I was inspired to research and write papers about the neurological processes of learning a foreign language. I enjoy being exposed to so many different cultures and every year is a challenge as I meet children with different needs and personalities. The key word is to be able to work collaboratively with the whole educational community involved in the child’s education. Additionally, I like traveling, hiking and playing board games.

Magalie Truchot

Kindergarten Teacher
Bonjour!! My name is Magali. I was born in the East of France, close to Switzerland and Germany. I have studied Biology (yes I did dissect frogs!!) and became an elementary teacher. I have been teaching in France for 10 years before I decided to live my American Dream. I taught in Florida and New Jersey and I’m so happy to be back in the South!! I hate winters!! I love traveling and discovering new cultures, I like running, yoga, reading, cooking, watching movies. I’m trying to learn to play guitar but you’ll have to wait before attending my first concert!!! My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my daughter! I’m really excited to join the team at the LFNO!

Ana Treffinger

Kindergarten Teacher
I was born and raised in New Orleans and went through the French immersion program at Audubon Montessori. I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I received my BFA. While in college I nannied part time and became interested in early childhood education. I worked for two years as a classroom teacher at McGehee’s Little Gate before taking a year off to attend an artist residency in Mississippi. I am excited to return to teaching!

Clémence Boyac

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello, I’m Clémence, I come from France: in the French Alps region. It’s a place full of cows and good cheese and surrounded by beautiful mountains. I practice hiking and climbing in those mountains. I have been teaching there for six years, in early ages classes. I love to work with young kids as I find there is a little bit of magic for them in everything they learn! I traveled a lot in many countries, and during my studies, I spent one month in India volunteering, and one year in England studying modern languages. At Lycée Français I have the great opportunity to do that job I love and at the same time to discover a new place I don’t know, a new culture and new people, so I’m very happy and excited about it!

First Grade

Julie Vernice

First Grade Teacher
Bonjour tout le monde, my name is Julie. I am from Draguignan, a town in the south of France. My dad is italian and that is where my passion for languages comes from. I have studied English and Italian at university and I have been a school teacher for 8 years. I have always wanted to live and work in the USA. Louisiana, with its french culture, seems to be the perfect place to share my knowledge and live new experiences. I am so excited to discover the Lycée Français and my new students.

Isabelle Renard

First Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is Isabelle and I was born and raised in Paris. I studied art to become an engineer of cultural projects and I worked in Parisian museums. I then started to travel a lot to discover new cultures. In 2001 I had my first experience teaching children and I loved it! I had the opportunity to teach in Japan and Mexico among others. I have spent the last few years in a small town about an hour from París, called Chartres, known for its medieval history and its wheat fields. But it was high time to go back on the road and I am very happy today to be part of the LFNO team to discover new ways of teaching and also to get to know this wonderful New Orleans city, its culture, its music and especially its delicious cuisine!

Christelle Tournier

First Grade Teacher
BONJOUR! My name is Christelle Tournier and I’m native from DIJON, France. I’ve got a wonderful husband and two marvelous children! My own region, called ‘BURGUNDY,’ is famous for its history and its good wine. My house there is just nearby the vineyards. I like to walk or bike in this landscape! I’ve been teaching for many years in France, more especially in 1st and 2nd grade classes.  I love to learn how to read to little students because it’s like something magic for 6 years old children! I wanted to discover new ways of teaching, that’s why I’m glad to have the opportunity of teaching in Louisiana, and especially to be part of an incredible school like LFNO: it’s great to participate in a high-quality education of youth with a wonderful team. Moreover, living in Nola is just like a dream, because I love all sorts of music (I play the violin) and it’s the ever best place to be for those who love Jazz, gospel, blues …  I’m just grateful for this incredible life experience!

Salma Anguilet

First Grade Teacher
Mbolo ani! That’s how we say Hello, Bonjour everybody in Gabon. I am Salma ANGUILET born and raised in motherland precisely in Gabon from the capital Libreville (Freetown). I am Moroccan and Gabonese as one of my friend said I am a ‘’Gumbo’’.I started teaching in Morocco then Gabon and I love teaching. I love surprising my student all the time, teaching them all I know using new teaching techniques and I do love challenges and learning how to improve my teaching skills. Travelling is my favorite hobby, my everything first time I travelled I was 3 years old by myself I think my mom new it from the beginning. I always wanted to come to the US and see how education systems compare across the globe so when I found the opportunity to do the 2 things I love I didn’t hesitate and said Yes. New adventure, new challenges, having the possibility to share my life my experiences and talk with the kids about Africa about me is a dream coming true. I love food, entertainment, and fun– all of which New Orleans has to offer. So Thanks for having me at Lycee Family and also at New Orleans in which every day I discover the deep and magnificent culture and music you have here. I simply love this city and love to be part of this amazing school LFNO!    

Julie Iturralde

First Grade Teacher
Hello! I come from a small town in Burgundy (France), the region of wine! I studied sports and education in Dijon. During my studies, I had the opportunity to come to the US as an intern in Portland, OR and Charlotte, NC. Since then, I have always wanted to come back and teach here. Working at LFNO is a new challenge that I am eager to accept! I also enjoy traveling, playing sports, reading, cooking, playing board games, and spending time with my family. I am really excited to come to New Orleans and can’t wait to discover the city and its culture. And… let’s go Pelicans !! 

Second Grade

Bénédicte Bicocchi

Second Grade Teacher

Bonjour,  I am Benedicte Bicocchi (Bikoki with an Italian accent!) and I am coming from Lille, a really nice city in the North of France, where I was teaching. When it’s too cold and rainy in the North (it happens!), I go to the South of France where I relax and take care of our olive trees. My first job was Biomedical engineer for an American company, situated in Maastricht (The Netherlands). That’s when my interest to live abroad started! Discovering La Louisiane, was one of my dreams, even before “the princess and the frog” was on the screen! I have a colorful picture of Louisiana in my mind, coming from readings, movies, music, documentaries… I am really excited to join the LFNO’s team. I love teaching and sharing experiences with students: it’s so rewarding to support them in their development, to help them progress and reach their own full potential. During my free time, I like running, practicing yoga, manual activities, reading, traveling, spending time with my family and my friends. I am fond of art; we have created a Family Art Gallery in France (mainly with street artists and ‘Figuration Libre’ artists) and we spend a lot of time going to exhibitions. I have started training to conduct philosophy and well-being workshops with children and I hope I’ll be able to continue in LFNO.

Kelsi Dougherty

Second Grade Teacher
Hi there! My name is Kelsi. I’m a lifelong resident of Louisiana. I’m originally from St. Francisville, but I lived in Baton Rouge for five years to attend LSU before moving down to New Orleans in 2013. I worked as an assistant at École Bilingue for two years, then spent this past year in Rennes, France working as an assistant and taking master’s courses. I love music (you’ll probably hear me singing with the kids at least once!) and fully take advantage of the thriving music scene here in New Orleans. I’m so excited to be a part of the team here at Lycée.

Aurelia Di Francesco

Second Grade Teacher
Bonjour ! I am Aurelia and I come from Lyon in France. It is a very beautiful city also known as the capital of gastronomy. I love traveling, discovering new ways of life and I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. So during my studies, I spent one year as a French assistant in England and I did an internship during one month in India where I got interested in bilingualism and immersion education. Also, I’ve been teaching in the suburb of Lyon with several non-french speaking students and it was very educational. That is why I wanted to teach abroad and I couldn’t wish for better than being a teacher in Lycée français in New Orleans.

Aurélie Pierrard

Second Grade Teacher
Hello I’m Aurélie (o-ray-lee) and I’m French. I’m originally from Cannes on the French Riviera. I’ve been lucky to teach for the French immersion program in Lake Charles for three years with the CODOFIL and I’m very excited to be back to Louisiana and be part of the Lycée Français. I have a degree in economics and spent a year in Montréal, Canada to study science education.

Patricia Brule

Second Grade Teacher
Bonjour, I’m Patricia, I come from France in the south near Nice. I studied Biology and chemistry to work in a laboratory. After 10 years I decided to become a teacher. I’ve been a French teacher for 5 years, including 3 years with children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. I lived for 3 years in Guadeloupe. I love traveling and discovering new cultures. My favorite place I have visited was in New Zealand where I lived for one month. I like running, fitness, skiing, cooking new recipes. I began to play saxophone but it was so hard! I hope to meet some sax players in New Orléans!! I’m really thankful to be able to teach at Lycée, I have dreamed of living in the United States for many years. I’m so excited to teach your child.

Mahmoud Chouki

Music Teacher – Patton
Mahmoud is a master guitarist,multi-instrumentalist and composer. From the age of eight, Mahmoud trained at the Conservatory of Larache in northern Morocco and continued on at the National Conservatory in Rabat, with a focus in music theory and classical guitar. Soon after graduating, he embarked on a journey throughout Morocco with a keen interest in traditional instruments of Maghreb and Africa. His repertoire started to integrate the sounds and rhythms of various regions, using both the classical guitar and instruments such as the loutar, a traditional instrument of the Middle Atlas region of Morocco; the sintir, a Sub-Saharan instrument from the Sahel region (Mali); the oud, an oriental lute; the Algerian mandole, a steel-string fretted instrument resembling an elongated mandolin; the Bağlama saz, a Turkish long necked bowl-lute; the banjo, and a variety of percussion instruments. His music draws from a number of influences including classical (Europe), Andalusian (Southern Spain), Levantine (Middle East/West Asia), Maghrebian (North Africa), Latin (South America), and Jazz (United States). Learn More

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

Third Grade

Emily Thibodeaux

Third Grade Teacher
I come from Lafayette and was born and raised in Acadiana. Louisiana francophone heritage and language are very important to me and a big reason why I am happy to teach French immersion. I previously completed by B.A at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and hold two Masters, an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and an MAT from Centenary College. After previously teaching for 3 years at South Louisiana Community College I have worked for Alliance Française, been a “jeune ambassador” for the Centre de la Francophonie des Ameriques in Canada, and lived in Rennes, France for two years as I both studied and worked as an English Language Assistant at a lycée. I have a passion for teaching, culture, food, music, dance, and am completely obsessed with by dog, Francis.

Audrey Congi

Third Grade Teacher
I come from Belgium, a tiny country near the north of France. After graduating from university, I worked as a primary teacher in an immersion program for nine years in Liège, the city where I come from. I have always taught third and fourth graders, for whom I have great appreciation. They are avid learners! I often feel as if I am growing with them. My husband and I are extremely happy to live here in New Orleans, and we can’t wait to discover all the beauties that Louisiana has to offer.

Maxime Rolland

Third Grade Teacher
Bonjour à tous! My name is Maxime. I’m from Britanny, the Celtic region of France on the Northwest coast. I’ve been
teaching for 12 years. I have worked in big cities like Paris or Lyon and also in small villages in the countryside with all grade levels in one class. I was teaching in Metairie for 2 years as a 3rd grade immersion teacher. I have an appetite for new professional experiences, and I’m really excited to start a new adventure at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. I thrive on adapting to a new environment, working with new colleagues, discovering new practices of teaching can only be beneficial. My priority as a teacher is to create a caring atmosphere where the kids feel welcome and comfortable when they come into the classroom. A bientôt!

Caroline Monnier

Third Grade Teacher
My Name is Caroline, I was born in France and grew up in the country, however the last 25 years I have lived near Paris. I have been teaching for 21 years. I have taught in preschool and elementary before becoming a Director for the past 14 years. I value kindness and respecting of the learning styles and paces of all students in my class. I love discovering new cities and meeting new people, learning English, visiting museums, cooking for others, reading, bird watching, swimming, and a thousand other things!

David Prevet

Third Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is David. I was born in the French mountains (« Les Alpes »). I lived there until I was sixteen years old and then I followed my family to the north of France : in « Picardie ». The change was real but I understood moving is living and learning!!! I studied sports at university in Soissons and Lille and discovered my love of working with and teaching children. This is why I became a teacher. I have been a substitute teacher since 2005, which allows me to work with all grade levels. Trust me, I’m never bored! It’s now time for a new challenge : teach at the « Lycée Français de La Nouvelle Orléans ». I’m very glad and excited ; « j’ai hâte de vous rencontrer…. »

Fourth Grade

Margot Marks

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Margot and I am a born and raised New Orleanian (but with a french mother)! I attended an elementary immersion school here in New Orleans where I developed a real love for the language. I am incredibly excited to get to share that love with my students next year!

Jérôme LaHoche

Fourth Grade Teacher
Bonjour! My name is Jérôme, I am 40 years old. My wife Sévrine is also a professor at LFNO and my 3 children attend too. They have all accompanied me on this adventure to New Orleans and we are so excited! Previously we spent 3 years in Morocco at the Lycée Français de Casablanca. I am originally from the north of France. I enjoy meeting new people, playing sports, and discovering new places. I have been using various digital apps and tools in my teaching pracitce.

Sarah Mellouki

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hi, I’m Sarah and I come from Brittany, in the northwest of France. I studied physics and chemistry for three years before becoming a primary school teacher. I love cinema, arts and music. I am really thankful to be able to teach at Lycée and share my culture with American students. I already love New Orleans, and I’m sure it will be a rich and wonderful year!

Noémie Larroche

Fourth Grade Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Noemie (not Naomi, even though it doesn’t matter) and I come from the South West of France. I was born in Marmande (which people call the “tomato country”), I studied Educational Sciences in Bordeaux (which is famous for its wine) and I have lived in Auch (which is known for ducks from the Gers) with my husband. A few years ago, I spent a year in Australia as an aupair and as soon as I returned home my major preoccupation was to live abroad again. I love travelling so much: meeting new people, discovering new cultures, visiting foreign schools (…) and that’s why I wanted to come to Louisiana. I can teach French to students while living in another country which I’m excited to discover. For many years, I played basketball.
I am very happy to start a new adventure at LFNO.
Carine Coleno-Drouin

4th Grade Teacher
Hello.  My name is Carine. I come from a little city near Paris, France. I am an elementary teacher and in France I enjoyed teaching children from many different cultures. l love travelling and it will be my first experience to live in a country other than France. I chose Louisiana because I was so attracted by the culture of the state.  I am really excited to teach in the Lycée Français and use my experience with my students. It will be a family experience since I come with my husband Vincent who will be a teacher at the LFNO too and my 3 kids!

Fifth Grade

Christine Giat

Fifth Grade Teacher
 Bonjour! I am from Fontainebleau a very beautiful small city, with a historical Castle, Chateau de la Renaissance, in the heart of a beautiful forest. It is in the outskirts of Paris. I have loved being an Elementary teacher for 34 years, the last 7 years at the International School Leonard Da Vinci in this town.  I am very happy to finally discover Louisiana with its rich culture, history and to improve my English.  I am passionate about children’s Litterature and I am looking forward to sharing it with my students.

My hobbies are dancing (Tango,salsa, etc), Nordic walking,  reading Non-Fiction novels. I also enjoy travelling, going to the movies, and visiting historical places.

Vincent Drouin

Fifth Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Vincent and I come from France and I am excited to live « l’aventure louisianaise » au Lycée Français with Carine -teacher at Patton campus- and our 3 children Erwen, Eliot and Juliette. In France I have had several professional lives: first as an engineer and also a few years in the cinema. Then I taught children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Paris suburbs. My personal passions are divided between movies, running in challenging landscapes, chess, traveling, reading … Coming to New Orleans is our first international excursion and we intend to live by immersing ourselves in the local culture and remaining open to all new experiences!

Virginia Ruppert

Fifth Grade Teacher

I’m Virginia. I come from Strasbourg, a wonderful city in the East of France, close to Germany. I’ve been a French teacher for 18 years and I lived in Fidji and California. I’m a XIXth century specialist when it comes to literature but I also like American authors. I paint and draw a lot, write poetry, and enjoy yoga and meditation. I use art, videography, and meditation with my students. My sisters are called Louisiana and Evangeline. We always thought that my parents were into the United States to give us States’ names but one day they told us that they had read them on a cookies pack and found them nice. I came here with my husband and my cats. He’s an art director but in his free time enjoys leatherwork, cooking and making furniture.

Valerie Touloumabadjian

Fifth Grade Teacher
Bio coming soon

Séverine LaHoche

Fifth Grade Teacher

Hello, I am Séverine Lahoche, born in Châlons in the Champagne region on the East side of France. I have been a teacher since 2001 and taught for 15 years in Boulogne Sur Mer, in the North of France where I was married and had my 3 children. I then taught for 3 years in Casablanca in Morocco in a Lycée Français. Discovering this country, its landscapes and culture was an amazing experience for me. I love to travel and have had many opportunities to do so like, when I was young traveling to many countries traveling with my swim team, and when I was an au pair, then later with my husband, and now with my family to New Orleans and LFNO; I am very excited to teach. I enjoy practicing theatre on my own and with my students and encouraging them to sing. I hope to continue this practice in Louisiana, a state full of beautiful and interesting cultures.

Middle School

Pauline Fontaine

Middle School Teacher
Hi! My name is Pauline Fontaine. I was born in France and lived there for most of my life. I have been teaching math in a French school in Los Angeles since 2014, and I lived and attended a public school in Minnesota as a child, so I am no stranger to the American culture. I am now thrilled to discover New Orleans. I have almost 10 years of teaching experience and one of my main goals is to make students appreciate and feel comfortable with math. Outside school, I love traveling, discovering new places and enjoying life in general!

Dora Kebadio Muanda

Middle School Science Teacher
Hello, I’m a belgian girl and I come from Congo, a big country in the center of Africa. I’m a biologist and I studied also sciences didactics at Louvain-la-neuve and Brussel, two differents cities in Belgium, before to work as a teacher since 2015. I take a lot of pleasure to discover all about education systems around the world specifically in sciences field. I’m sure It’s will be a great experience to live and teach in New-Orleans, in an immersion framework. My interest for non violent communication is a major skill in co-working. I’m so happy to join the lycée français team, we have so much things to share together…

Susy Raga

Middle School Spanish Teacher
Hola, hola! My name is Susy Raga and I am from Valencia, España. I studied Hispanic and Italian Philology at Valencia University, as well as Social and Cultural Anthropologie at Uned (Universidad nacional a distancia de España). I became teacher more than 12 years ago and I am still learning. I have lived in NOLA for 6 years and I really, really, really love this city. I am excited to start a new adventure at Lycée; I am sure it is going to be an awesome year! I love creating costumes, travelling and reading…did I mention I love New Orleans?

Aida Roig Bruño

Middle & High School Spanish Teacher

Hola! My name is Aida and I come from a small village in the south of Catalonia, Spain.I studied Translation and Interpreting in Barcelona, then I got my certificate to become a teacher and after that I did a Postgraduate course in International Business and another in Asian Culture and Economics. I speak English, French, Spanish, Catalan and some German. I love learning new things, travelling, and I love teaching; I learn a lot from my students and I do my best so that they always learn from me as well. I am coming with my husband and my son, who will also be attending the Lycée. I am so excited to start this adventure in New Orleans and at the Lycée!!!

Priscille Laurent

Middle School Teacher
Howdy, I am Priscille Laurent. I am Originally from Guadeloupe, an island in the Caribbean also called by the Arawak people Karukera aka the island with beautiful water. I graduated from the University of the French West Indies with a Master in Applied Mathematics. I taught Math at a High school level for fourteen years, then three years at a middle school level in a French immersion environment when I decided to come to Louisiana three years ago. As I love to travel my teaching experiences took me to France, Barbados, New Iberia, and today, New Orleans. But for leisure I also visited India, Thailand, the UAE, and different European countries.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, running, playing basketball, cooking, watching movies, learning languages. I love to experience different cultures, food, meet different types of people basically step outside of my comfort zone. For the past three years, I have had the privilege of coaching Archery, a good application of Physics and Mathematics..and it’s been a lot of fun for kids who are not necessarily sport-oriented. If I had to state one thing that defines me it would be the ability to take on challenges, adapt and rebound the best I can. I hope to have a great fourth year in Louisiana and first year at Lycée.

Eline Verbeke

Middle School Teacher

Hi, my name is Eline. I am from Mouscron, Belgium. I studied history and geography. I became a teacher in Brussels and I decided to study french as a second language. I am excited to start a new adventure at Lycée.

Manuel Leal

Middle  Spanish Teacher

Hola, soy Manuel Iñaki. I come from Torreón, in the North of Mexico, but I have lived in several countries (France, Spain, Dominican Republic…). I learned French at the Alliance française in my hometown but I could never have imagined what the French culture would become for me. As a matter of fact, I met my wife, who comes from the Dordogne, then I worked as a Spanish Language Assistant at a lycée in the Lyon Area; a few years later I taught Spanish Language and Literature at the Université de Strasbourg, where I also studied a Master in Spanish Culture at the same time. I also worked as a French teacher in Santo Domingo and as a French and Spanish teacher here in Nola. I love writing (I write a chronicle for a Dominican newspaper) and reading, music, movies, baseball, and futbol (the authentic one, with a round ball. A funny fact: my Mexican futbol team is also called the Saints, «Santos Laguna»)… I’m happy to live this new language experience at LFNO…

Aida Roig Bruño

Middle & High School Spanish Teacher

Hola! My name is Aida and I come from a small village in the south of Catalonia, Spain.I studied Translation and Interpreting in Barcelona, then I got my certificate to become a teacher and after that I did a Postgraduate course in International Business and another in Asian Culture and Economics. I speak English, French, Spanish, Catalan and some German. I love learning new things, travelling, and I love teaching; I learn a lot from my students and I do my best so that they always learn from me as well. I am coming with my husband and my son, who will also be attending the Lycée. I am so excited to start this adventure in New Orleans and at the Lycée!!!

Jinger Whiddon

Middle School Teacher
I am from Pensacola, Florida, but moved to a few different cities in the U.S. before choosing New Orleans as my forever home in 1996. I am a returning English teacher with two kids who are also students at Lycée. I have a passion for education that was ingrained in me and carried on by my entire family. I also love history, literature and cultural and physical geography. Teaching kids about all of these is a privilege, oh and so much fun!

Caitlin Orgeron

Middle School Teacher
Bonjour! I’m Caitlin, and I’m a Louisiana native from the tiny town of Cut Off in Lafourche Parish. I fell in love with the French language as a high school student and went to LSU to major in French Secondary Ed. Since receiving my B.A. in 2011, I have lived in France for a year as an English teaching assistant, gotten my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and taught French and French Immersion throughout the state. Since starting my teaching career seven years ago, I have always had my heart set on teaching in New Orleans, so I am overjoyed to get to be a part of the Lycée Français team this year as a middle school math and French teacher! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading, running, cooking, and exploring the city.

Yvan Favreau

Middle School French
My name is Yvan Favreau and I am French Canadian ”Un Canadien Errant”. I have taught French 9 years (3 times 3 years) in Lafayette. Between those 3 times. I have been fortunate to travel and teach French as world language teacher in different countries including : Taiwan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Turkey. I am very excited to join LFNO team to teach and bring my expertise where kid’s learning is my priority. I feel I am coming back home

Abdelhadi Eddamiri

Middle/High School Social Studies
Hi! My name is Abdelhadi, I’m from Vaires sur Marne, a small village not too far from Paris where living is easy. Legend says Joan of Arc hid her sword in the village church, but that hasn’t been verified yet. In any case, I have been teaching the past 18 years. I initially started teaching middle school before moving to elementary education and then back to middle school where I specialized in teaching history, which has been my passion for the past 11 years. I was also lucky to have had the chance to travel, I taught in a provincial school in Montreal and also spent time working and studying in San Diego. I love to travel and I appreciate peoples’ stories and cultural exchanges. I am happy and proud to be among you.

Veronique Day

Middle/High School Social Studies
Raised in France, I completed my Fine Arts degree at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts In Paris. I then moved to the USA where I earned a Ph.D. in medieval and modern art history from Northwestern University in Chicago.  For several years I taught Art History at several academic institutions throughout the US (Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, Washington DC to name a few).  However, since Katrina, my family and I moved to New Orleans to take part of the city’s reconstruction, and I began teaching French in several New Orleans High Schools.  Today, and in parallel to my teaching jobs, time allowing, I keep my hands busy making artworks using a variety of media such as glass, bronze, painting and ceramics.   My inspiration is drawn from the medieval tradition that I studied and taught previously. In addition, each summer, I lead discovery tours to various regions of France where participants enjoy the rich art, culture, and gastronomy of France.  These excursions into French “patrimoine” somewhat echo the teaching I achieve in my classroom, where I invite students to dig amongst other things into the cultural wealth of the Francophone world.

Helene Maringe

Middle/High School French
I come from Clermont-Ferrand, a city in the middle of nowhere in the center of France, surrounded by mountains.  I studied literature at university in Paris before starting my career in marketing and then teaching, which was 20 years ago. I spent one sabbatical year in California which I enjoyed a lot. I love singing and playing the piano and also hiking. My favorite place in France is the Calanques of Marseille, on the southern coast. I have very athletic four grown-up kids and I did the L.A half marathon with my youngest daughter.

Suzy Pepiot

Middle/High School Math & Science
I’m Suzy. I come from the East of France, a verdant area is called Franche-Comté, where one can find delicious cheese and sausages. I studied Mathematics before teaching them for 10 years in France in Middle and High school.
When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling in order to discover new landscapes, cultures, and cities. I have taken trips to a lot of European countries. I’m also into hiking and craftwork (pottery, wood carving, basketwork …). I hope this new school year will be a great and successful adventure for all of us.

Aafke Van Meteren

Middle/High School Science
Bonjour à tous, I am Aafke and I am a Science teacher. I come from France, where I taught Physics and Chemistry.
I love, I love…. I actually love a lot of things, but mostly I love people, and mainly kids, and that is why I love (yes a lot of love) my job. As a Science teacher, I seek to provide my pupils with appropriate skills and experience in order to allow them to try and understand or describe the beauty of Life and Nature as a whole: from the infinitely small to the infinitely big. Of course, we will only cover a very tiny tiny part of this! And we will do it with joy, fun, and curiosity. A très vite en classe !

Berenguer Bercat

Middle/High School History-Geography
I’m Berenguer. I was born in Barcelona, but I have lived and studied in Perpignan, in the South of France, since I was 18.  So I’m half Catalan and half French. I really like to travel and live in other countries. That’s why I studied geography (to know where to go) and history (to learn about the past of the places that I visit). My first professional project was to be an archeologist, like Indiana Jones, and have adventures all around the world while recovering ancient relics stolen by evil people. But I ended up becoming a history teacher and it’s not so bad: I have plenty of time to travel and I can live in other countries around the world. I’ve been a teacher for eight years now. I really like teaching, and I like learning even better! The most important parts of education for me are: having a good time, helping each other, and learning together how to think critically.

Art, Music, & P.E.

Pascal Valcasara

Music Teacher 
My name is Pascal Valcasara. I am a professional musician. I have been living in the USA for 15 years now, in different states, but I consider New Orleans to be home. This town is providing me the amazing opportunity to fully live my passion that is music. My website is www.pascalvalcasara.com. “Without music, life would be a mistake…” F. Nietzche.

Pierre Bouard

PE Teacher 

I come from Nantes on the west coast of France under Brittany. What I like the most is to eat pastry but also cook it. For years I have played Speedball, competitive Paintball, and in recent years I have also coached youth teams. I like outdoor sports like mountain biking, kayaking, and biathlon. I am happy to come to New Orleans to continue our common history between the state and France. I will especially enjoy soaking up the music and the food.”

Benoît Olivier

PE Teacher 
Before coming to New Orleans, I lived in Cajun Country for two years (2014 – 2016); I’ve had a pretty good life! A defining character trait of mine is, without a doubt, an adventuresome spirit. I have climbed rough summits, raised kids, taught from kindergarten to college, rebuilt an ancient house, and led sports associations. Aside from physical education, my interest is in nature sports: deep forests, cliffs, glaciers, shores, waves, but rarely swamps! I’m also an absolute fan of US National Parks however wet, high, or hot they can be! I’m particularly happy to be in New Orleans where people are even more kind and friendly than other places of the country.  No doubt that with all the music and the food, it will be a new and unforgettable adventure!

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people! Our ELA teachers listed below serve both campuses.

Sean Leon

English Teacher – Johnson
Bonjour! My name is Sean Leon and I am stoked to join the Lycée family. I am Ireland born, Louisiana raised, and NYC awakened. Earned both my B.A. in English Literature and my Masters of Mass Communication from LSU. Moved to NYC in 2002 as a NYC Teaching Fellow and earned a Masters of Education from CUNY. What was to be a two-year plan turned into a fifteen-year love affair. After teaching at a South Bronx middle school for four years, I spent my last eleven years teaching English, Existentialism, and Poetry at a rad Hell’s Kitchen high school. Alas, the end is built into the beginning. Over time, a dizzying homesickness and family duty called me home to Louisiana. So, here I am, excited to help my students “look around and consider the world, like Alice in Wonderland, through different eyes.” You can expect our class to be an English experience featuring a dynamic, inclusive, democratic, rigorous, inquiry-based learning environment that is humanized by design and humanizing in effect. Some loves: Reading Lolita in Tehran, Sam Cooke, conversation, Casablanca, basketball, Steppenwolf (the novel), awareness, Ireland, fountain pens, Mary Oliver, James Baldwin, Hermann Hesse, The Wonder Years, walking…just walking, Tool, Flightless Bird, American Mouth, writing, T.S. Eliot.

Chloe Brown

English Teacher – Johnson
My name is Chloe Brown and I get the privilege of teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grade ELA this school year. I am a New Orleans native, and my favorite food is Vietnamese Pho. This is my first year at Lycee Francais. Last year I worked at a different New Orleans Charter School. Before that I was teaching English in South Korea, where I learned to speak basic Korean Language. I am excited to teach at Lycee this year because of the diversity, and because of the unique climate of respect shared between students and teachers.

Jillian Poche

English Teacher – Johnson
Hello! My name is Jillian Poche, and I am very excited to join the team at Lycée Francais as an ELA teacher! I was born and raised in New Orleans and received my B.A. in English Literature from Tulane University. Since graduating, I worked at an after-school program in Boston, earned my M.A.T. from UNO in education, and for the past three years have been teaching elementary special education in the New Orleans area. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading, listening to/playing music, cooking, and traveling!

Holly Kymes

English Teacher – Johnson
My name is Holly Kymes. This will be my 14th year teaching. I have taught a variety of grade levels in Texas and Louisiana. I have an undergraduate degree from Centenary College where I played tennis, and I have a Masters of Education from Texas A & M- Commerce.  I have taught in private, public, and charter schools. This year I will teach ELA to kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade students.  I am married with 2 daughters, Mallory and Matilda.

Yoon Lee

English Teacher – Johnson

Hi! I am one of the English Language Arts teachers at this gem of a school, making this my fourth year. I’ve been teaching for 13 years and have taught every grade from kindergarten to 5th grade. My B.A. is in English Literature from Sarah Lawrence College while my elementary education certification is from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. When I’m not working, I like to cook, garden, travel, watch movies, read, do yoga, catch up with friends, and spend time with my husband, daughter, cat, dog, and frog.

Dorian Gabriel

English Teacher – Patton

Hello! Salut! My name is Dorian. I am a New Orleans native who loves to play and listen to music and enjoy good food. I have 6 years of teaching experience where I have worked with many diverse age groups and populations. I have spent the previous school year teaching abroad in Mauritania where I picked up on a few basic French phrases and hope to continue learning the language. I am very excited and honored to be joining the ELA team at Lycee this school year.
Fidgi Simeon

English Teacher – Patton
Hello my name is Fidgi Simeon. I am thrilled and proud to work in New Orleans public schools. I believe that schools can provide children with developmental, growth and opportunities for success. I look forward to providing a quality French-immersion education for the students of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. I am excited to see the outcome of cultural exchanges between myself and students.

Jane Joyner

English Teacher – Johnson
Hi. I’m Jane and I was born in Algiers. Not the country in Africa but the New Orleans neighborhood across the river. In my early school years I was taught by the Ursuline nuns here and then went on to Tulane University. I have taught English at French schools in New Orleans for quite a few years. Yes, you might call me a native “Where Y’at” but I have traveled most continents and my husband is a “foreigner” from Brooklyn.

Mathew Kennedy

English Teacher – Johnson
I’m Mathew, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and lived there all my life until I moved down here! I’m a huge fan of NY sports teams, but I also love the Saints & Tigers. I love hiking, traveling, playing sports, and taking in good stories (oral tradition, books, movies, etc.). I chose LFNO because given my background teaching internationally and living in an international city, I wanted to go to a school that maintains an international population and philosophy of education. Geaux LFNO!

Catherine Golden

English Teacher – Patton
I love being part of the Lycée family. I have lived in New Orleans for over a decade and have taught both Kindergarten and Spanish at schools here in Orleans Parish. Most of my experience in teaching has been in the primary grades, and I am fortunate to be able to continue the experience here at Lycee.  I am originally from Boston, MA, but ventured to New Orleans to share my knowledge and expertise in the field of education in 2007.  I love to travel, spending time with my family, dance, parades, photography, and playing the ukulele.

Jonathan Monroe

English Teacher – Johnson
I grew up in Virginia outside of Washington D.C. before moving to Philadelphia where I went to college at West Chester University then worked for a food bank.  I came to New Orleans to teach and to explore history.  I studied the French Revolution in grad school at Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and thought there was no place more accessible in the USA to study French history than Louisiana.  In my spare time, I like to watch football (both college and NFL), cook, and read medieval historical fiction.  Lycee Francais offers a unique experience to be immersed in another culture, and I’m really excited to be a part of it.

Lauren Eckert

English Teacher 
Hello! I grew up near St Louis, then headed down the Mississippi to Tulane for undergrad. After graduation, I taught high school in Chicago while working on my master’s in education. Upon returning to New Orleans after 4 long winters, I have spent my career in museum education and classrooms. My children also attend Lycée and we are grateful for the opportunity of French Immersion education. My family and I love the four seasons: carnival, festival, summer (where we try to travel as much as possible), and football. Who dat! Roll Wave!

Samuel Ottinger

English Teacher 

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, I came to New Orleans in 2009 to volunteer and stayed. I’ve been a member of the Chorus for the New Orleans Opera for ten seasons. Previously I taught private music lessons and Pre-K. I’m also a TeachNOLA Fellow. I’m so excited to be a member of the Lycee family! In my spare time I like to bake, play games, read and garden.

Tatiana Kashina

English Teacher 

Hi! My name is Tatiana. I worked at the International School of Moscow before moving to Illinois to pursue my M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am excited to be part of LFNO because the school maintains an environment conducive to learning and supports cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion. I feel honored to be given the opportunity to support and challenge young people in a fun and engaging learning environment. Outside of education, I enjoy reading, doing yoga, swimming, and traveling. I am thrilled about the challenges ahead and learning all about New Orleans.

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

Bianca Joseph

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
Salut!  I’m Bianca. I was born an Apple (NY), Raised a Peach (ATL) and Adopted the Big Easy (NOLA) !  I enjoy being an educational assistant here at Lycée. I love to teach children, they are our future!  I love languages and education.  Lycée Francais is the perfect combination of all three !  “Belles esprits inspirent les autres” I have been teaching for over 5 years years outside of Lycée and have traveled to foreign countries for humanitarian work. I am multilingual.  I speak French, Haitain Creole, English and currently learning Spanish.  Outside of Lycée I spend my time reading and studying biblical history, cooking, cleaning, educating myself on new things and binge watching travel documentaries.  I love God, my family, music, travel, pilates and eating!  I am happy to be a part of the Lycée Family! Merci !

Carli Harvey

PreK-4 Teaching Assistant

Hi! I am from the Chicago suburbs and moved to New Orleans to study public health and French at Tulane University. During college, I worked as a TA in a 1st grade class at a KIPP school, volunteered as a Reading Buddy at another school, and worked Aftercare at Lycee. Upon graduating, I worked 2 years in France, in La Roche sur Yon and Avignon, as an English Teaching Assistant in 1st-5th grade classes. Now, instead of teaching English to French kids, I’m excited to be back in New Orleans teaching French to American kids!

Soledad Joseph

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
My name is Soledad Joseph. I am married and have 3 children. I am originally from Haiti and speak English, French, and Creole. I’ve been teaching at Lycée Français since 2013, but I’ve been working with children since 2000.

Moise “Kanou” Frisch

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
Hi my name is Kanou. I was born an raised in Haiti. I am a native speaker of French and Haitian Creole. I have a bachelors degree in international relations. I currently work at Lycee Français as a teacher’s assistant within their child specific program. Outside of work I enjoy reading, play soccer, play music and spend time with friends.
I am very thankful and excited to be a part of this team.

Rabiatou Iro Mayaki

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Hello! My name is Rabiatou Iro Mayaki. I’m originally from Niger (West Africa) where my official language is french. I have been living in Louisiana since 2014, I am married and have 2 littles boys. I studied Socio Anthropology at the University of Mali (West Africa) and did many internships with children in varying difficulties. I have been substituting since last year at LFNO, where I meet wonderful people and most importantly the student body that the Lycee serves. I love cooking, traveling and listen to diverse sound of music.

Solange Jean-Pierre

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Salut ! My name is Solange. I am originally from Haiti, but I have been living in the US for 16 years now. In the fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to complete a semester abroad at Paris Diderot University in France. I hold a degree in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2015 I moved to New Orleans and fell in love with the city. That same year I began working at this great school!

Julia Reagin

First Grade Teaching Assistant
I was born in Kentucky, and moved around from state to state throughout my childhood. I came to New Orleans on a Trailways bus in 1977, and here I still am. I have brought up my one son here, in Mid-City, where I still live. I have worked, sometimes as an assistant teacher, and at others as a teacher at Audubon, Isidore Newman, Langston Hughes and Ecole Bilingue, and at LFNO (my favorite) since its opening day, in various positions. I have a BA in French, earned late in life, as well as the DALF from the French Ministry of Education, and a certificate in Perfectionnement linguistique from the University of Mons Hainaut in Belgium. For many, many years I worked as a gardener, first for the City of New Orleans – a job I truly loved, and for which I earned a horticulture license from the La. Dept of Agric. -and then in private gardens all over town while bringing up my child as a single mother. For the past five and half years I have also been teaching ESL to Latin American immigrants and they have inspired me so deeply that I have begun to learn their beautiful language too!

Anais Nunez

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
I was born and raised in New Orleans. I am part French as my mother is from Colmar, in the Northeastern French province of Alsace near Germany and Switzerland where I spent many summers growing up. As a former student at a local French immersion school, I have first hand experience in French immersion education. I am now a mother to two Lycée Français students and I spent last year substitute teaching at Lycee Francais. I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work full time with our amazing students, teachers and staff.

Taylor Martin

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
I was born and raised around Chicago. I moved to New Orleans for college where I studied French and Psychology and became a part of the Lycée community. I moved to Paris to teach English for two years. I’m excited to be back in New Orleans in a new role at this school.

Jana Blakes

Playground Coach

My name is Jana Blakes and I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. I am a professional dancer who dances salsa, cha cha cha, and bachata as well as ballet and jazz. New Orleans is my favorite city on the planet because of the culture, the food, the music, and people!!!

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

Interventionists/Special Educators

Anne Lootens

ESS Teacher 
I grew up in Indianapolis and moved to New Orleans 10 years ago.  I studied French in undergrad at Tulane, had the opportunity to live in Paris for a year, and now I love speaking French every day! This is my fourth year at Lycee. I love working with children with diverse needs, and am passionate about teaching the whole child. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing piano, and traveling.

Julia East

ESS Teacher 

Greetings! I was raised around the Mississippi Gulf Coast but learned the majority of my French while living overseas, in Germany and Japan. I have a degree from the University of New Orleans in Interdisciplinary Studies in: French, German, and Photography. This is my fourth year with the Lycée family. My colleagues in the support staff realm really make me proud to work here. We are a very dedicated team focused on creating a rich learning environment that supports all student’s learning needs. I am helping this year with 2nd graders who need help in English, French, and Math. Please contact me if you ever need any guidance or resources to aid your children with their academic growth.

Hunter Pontiff

ESS Teacher 

Bonjour, I’m Hunter! I’m originally from a small French-speaking town in Louisiana, and although French is not my first language, it is my second, and I’m thrilled to be able to share it and speak it with the students at Lycée.  I studied French throughout elementary and high school, then did immersion myself in Nova Scotia, before earning a degree in French from LSU.  My studies in linguistics then took me to Montréal, Québec for two years before continuing them as a Ph.D. student at Tulane.  I’m a firm believer in the immersion process, and I adore sharing my passion for language with my students!

Chip Harmon

ESS Teacher 
I’m Chip. I was born and raised on the best bank, an enchanting pocket of New Orleans which is at times mistakenly named after its geographical location, the west bank (of the Mississippi). I earned my B.A. from LSU and thereafter moved to Nimes, France to teach English at the primary school level. My most recent professional endeavor is that of an arborist. Prior to that experience, I worked at Lfno from 2012-2015. I couldn’t be more excited to return to teaching at this wonderfully bilingual school while simultaneously earning my teaching certification through teachNOLA. It is very rewarding to work at a school which prioritizes serving a student population which reflects the fabric of our city, a city where high quality public education is critically important. I also coach soccer. My most beloved hobbies include but are not limited to all things nature, sporting, reading, food, music, gardening, kayak fishing (is it still called fishing if you don’t catch anything?), festing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and my dog.

Nathan Hedberg

ESS Teacher 
Bonjour!  I am originally from Corpus Christi Texas but after studying at university, I went to work and play music in a small bed and breakfast in Arles, France.  This is where I fell in love with France, it’s language, food and culture! Afterward, I moved to New Orleans to teach and found my life long passion in education. My goal is to help students discover what they love about math and reading, learn how it relates to their lives, and to ask critical questions relating to their work. My hobbies include playing music, film photography and exploring new places.

Danielle Pauli

ESS Teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Danielle and I’m a New Orleans native. I studied English writing and environmental studies at Loyola University New Orleans, where I also received my Master of Arts in Teaching degree and teaching certification. I love to travel and experience other cultures. In 2014, I moved to Thailand to teach in an English immersion program at an elementary school. Since returning to Louisiana, I have taught students in and around the New Orleans area. Outside of school, I spend time with my daughter, Ivy and dog, Merlin. I enjoy being in nature, going to local festivals, reading, cooking, and rollerblading. This is my first year at LFNO and I am very excited to join the team!

Ashley Davies

ESS Teacher
I was born and raised in Washington DC. I received both my bachelors and my masters degrees from American University. I have been teaching for 5 years and in that time I have taught both French and Spanish immersion. The most exciting place that I have had the opportunity to teach is in Haiti in the cities of Port-Au-Prince and Jacmel. I moved to New Orleans three months ago and I have fallen in love with the uniqueness of the city. I have specifically chose to teach at Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orléans because I am myself a former French immersion student. I know first hand how impactful a French education is. In my free time you can find me lounging on whatever beach is closest.

Ariel Wallick

ESS Teacher
Hello! My name is Ariel Wallick and I grew up in the Carrollton neighborhood. Having attended a French immersion elementary program where I was diagnosed with severe dyslexia as a child, I understand the importance of exceptional student services for bilingual learners. I originally trained as a Montessori teacher and use a hands-on sensory-based learning approach with my students. One of my most memorable teaching experiences is of helping my first dyslexic student learn to read. Outside of school you can find me spending time with my family in nature, gardening in my backyard, or cooking for friends.

Flora Cabili

Special Educator
Hi, I’m Flora Cabili, a special education teacher at the elementary school. I am a native from Lyon, France where I spent my childhood before moving to California. Since 2015, I live and teach in New Orleans. I received a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Masters of Science in Education from John Hopkins University. I thrive on human connections and I find it fascinating how people interact and learn. I am a fierce believer that everyone deserves an education that accommodates their learning needs, so they can succeed!

Yeashan Banks

Special Education Resource Room (PreK-2nd)
Yeashan Banks is a San Francisco native who has had the pleasure of calling New Orleans home for 6 years. She fell in love with New Orleans doing social justice work on an internship during undergrad. She loved that food reminded her of her grandmother’s cooking and that people say “how ya doin’” when you walk down the street. She transferred her love of fighting for justice in the streets of the Bay Area into a quest to end education inequality in New Orleans public schools. Teaching empowers communities. Students with exceptionalities have voices that often go unheard. As a Special Education Teacher, she vows to empower students and parents. She is so excited to learn with her students this year!

Child Specifics

Shermetrius Mack-Gray

Child Specific Paraprofessional
My name is Shermetrius, but everyone calls me Mack. I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri also known as the “Show Me State.” I graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where I received my Bachelors in Political Science. I moved to NYC a year later where I received my Master in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management from LIM College. I started working with adults/children with autism about three years ago and fell in love with the job. I chose Lycée because I wanted to gain experience working alongside teachers to better support the children in that particular setting and as an added bonus learn a new language. Fun fact about me I am a soon to be new business owner opening my first women’s boutique in September and I couldn’t be more excited!!!

Randall Spidell

Child Specific Paraprofessional
I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a fanatic for language and expression, writing in my free time, composing music and of course reading anything I can get my hands on in the French language. Curious almost to a fault, I have traveled extensively and have worked abroad in Europe and in Thailand, most recently as a language assistant in Sedan, France. New Orleans was my favorite city as a child and I was drawn to it for its liveliness long before my obsession with the French language and the cultures thereby accessed began. I am excited to be a part of LFNO and to here develop and train in the art of teaching, especially in language instruction.

Susanna Kropff

Child Specific Paraprofessional
Hello.  My name is Susanna. I am honored to be joining Lycee Francais this year. It is a privilege to be a part of such a culturally diverse team of educators. I have worked in Special Education (Pre-K) for the past 14 years. This past year I worked as an ABA therapist in New Orleans. I love teaching Special Education students and am committed to fostering children’s curiosity and discovering their passion for learning.My interest outside school includes spending time with my family, creating art, live music, and exploring this beautiful city.

Gifted

Simone Feaster-Armour

Teacher of Gifted Services
I have a BA and an MA in French Area Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. I also hold teaching and administrative certificates in multiple US states, including Louisiana. I have lived in multiple regions in America, as well as Northern India. Born in the South, I am so pleased to have left the cold snows of New England for this magical city. I am thrilled to be part of the Lycée Français community. In my spare time, I love to do anything outdoors from gardening to scuba, and I enjoy a good adventure, big or small.

Sierra Orlowski

Teacher of Art and Gifted Classes

Bonjour! My name is Sierra and I hail from all over. My travels have taken me around the world, but New Orleans is home. Having lived in France, Brazil, and around the USA, I’ve had the honor of getting to know many places, cultures, and languages. I look forward to cultivating our own unique culture at Lycée Français, while exploring each student’s passions, creativity, and strengths. I graduated with honors from Tulane University with degrees in Art History, French, and Portuguese, and completed an extensive studio art courseload. In my free time, I enjoy sailing, sculpting, cooking, and walking my tiny dog, Gumbo. I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year in the art and gifted classrooms– Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Stacey Stanfill

Art & Talented in the Arts Teacher
I am originally from Memphis, TN but have lived in New Orleans longer than I ever lived anywhere. I have a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics and in 2007 I achieved National Board Certification for Teachers in Early Childhood/Young Adult Art. I spent the past 20 years teaching art to young people including 17 years with Jefferson Parish Public Schools in the Visual Art Talent Education Program.  The heart of my teaching practice is always to help my students achieve their creative ambitions. Like many other teachers at Lycee, traveling and learning about other cultures has also been a lifelong passion. I got this travel bug in 1994 while traveling in a VW Bus through Mexico and Central America. After that I went on to live on the Ecuadorean coast for a year where I taught English. For many years I have been involved with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and have been fortunate enough to travel to and volunteer in Asia a couple of times. I am proud to be at Lycee where there is so much cultural appreciation and awareness. My son attends Lycee and hopefully my daughter will too when she is in Kindergarten. I love being a mother and spending as much time as I can with my kids while they are young.

Related Service Providers

Caroline H. Johnson

M.C.D., CCC-SLP
I have a Masters in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center. I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and French at Tulane University, spending a year abroad at Université de la Sorbonne in Paris. After university, I worked as an assistant teacher for K-2nd grades in the French immersion program at Audubon Charter School. I earned a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate from Loyola University and taught immigrants English through Catholic Charities. I then went to Samara, Russia to continue teaching English abroad. I love working with children and was delighted to return to Lycée Français after having spent Spring 2015 as a Speech-Language Pathology extern at the school.

Michael-Jean Zinni

 M.C.D., CCC-SLP
After graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, I developed educational programs with a small NGO called Tutors for All. We provided one-to-one basic skills instruction in reading and math for over a dozen charter-public schools throughout the city. In 2012 I moved to New Orleans to pursue a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). In addition to conducting research in language acquisition for children on the autism spectrum, I work as a part-time SLP at University Medical Center in acute and outpatient care, providing services for a broad range of patients, including stroke survivors, persons with traumatic brain injury, ALS, Parkinson’s, swallowing disorders, and more.

Lindsey Boettinger

Occupational Therapist

Bonjour! I am thrilled to join LFNO as the on-site occupational therapist. I am originally from Maryland, and I have lived in New Orleans since 2009. I taught English to children and adults while living in Cairo, Egypt, and my own exerience of immersive learning inspired me to join LFNO. In my previous career I cared for many persons from different immigration experiences in Cairo, Washington DC, and New Orleans. I like painting/creating, exploring, community building, and reading. I look forward to working with the LFNO team to assist your children on their journey to reaching their fullest potential!

Counselors

Michelle Tate

School Counselor – Johnson Campus
I have been an educator working with students of all ages since 1997. I received my B.S in Secondary Education from Auburn University in 1997.  I moved to Memphis and obtained my M.S. in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis in 2000.  I lived and worked as a Memphis City School teacher for 10 years and in the process, obtained my Education Specialist degree in School Counseling.  I moved to New Orleans in 2008 and worked as a middle school counselor in St. Bernard Parish for eight years.  In the Fall of 2016, I joined the LFNO community.  I am so happy to be the Johnson Campus School Counselor!

Laura Stryjewski

Academic Counselor at Johnson (Part Time)
I have a MA of Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  I have taught overseas as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa where I learned to speak french.  I also spent many years working in Fairfax County Public Schools as a School Counselor focusing primarily on middle and high school students.  Additionally, I am currently taking classes at Loyola University in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  I am excited about joining the Lycee team as the new part time Academic Counselor.

Katherine Moser

Advisory Counselor
Originally from Baton Rouge, I moved to New Orleans over 10 years ago to attend Tulane University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. My love for teaching and new experiences led me across the world to Thailand where I taught at an international school before returning to New Orleans to further expand my skills as an educator within public schools. I recently received my Master’s of Health Sciences in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from LSUHSC New Orleans and I am a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I am experienced working with students across age groups and cultures and I am excited to be a member of the LFNO community. I look forward to serving your student this year as their advisory counselor!

Andrée Ambler

School Social Worker
My name is Andrée.  I am half a century old this year. I have been a social worker since 1995.  I began my career within the school system in 2000, working predominantly as a school social worker in Orleans Parish.  I have been told that I am a great listener.  I am a mother of 2, and a wife of 1. I love animals and currently have 3 big mutts, 1 guinea pig, and a few mice that scurry around the house.  I enjoy a good paperback book, working in my backyard, a scary ghost story, the color green, and a spicy curry.  I mostly never say no to a walk outside whether it is around my neighborhood or at the park.  It never ceases to amaze me how a plant can work its way through a crack in the ground and against all odds, grow tall and beautiful. I feel that as a citizen of New Orleans, I too am a plant learning how to navigate in a sometimes hostile environment—hurricanes, taxes, high bills—yet still growing strong and persevering.  I count myself extremely fortunate to have been invited to join the Lycée Français family.  I look forward to growing even older with my new school family.

Robbye Lewis

School Counselor – Patton
Hi everyone! I am Robbye Lewis, a school counselor at the Patton campus and a proud member of the Lycée team. Originally from Greenwood, MS, I spent many years in Hattiesburg, MS where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling from William Carey University.  I have worked with every demographic in clinical, school, and community settings.  I absolutely love spending time with family and friends, exploring new and exciting places, and hanging out with the coolest poodle pups I know (Tofi and Tino).  I also teach children’s yoga and meditation and excitedly promote wellness for all.  I chose Lycée because Lycée gives children and families a variety of academic, cultural, cognitive, and psychosocial advantages.  I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazing team. #geauxsaints #wbd #nolagold

Support Staff

Ashley Aucoin

Coordinator of Athletics & Behavior Supervisor

I am a native of Folsom, Louisiana and have now made my way across the lake to New Orleans, where I now call home. Athletics have always been a huge part of my life. I played basketball from an early age all the way through college, where I was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Spring Hill College. I have over eight years experience coaching at various levels, including high school, junior high, elementary and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). I worked with PlayWorks for three years as a Program Coordinator. This is my fourth year at LFNO, and I am honored to be the Coordinator of Athletics this year.

Medical Staff

Pam LeBlanc

School Nurse
Hi. I’m Nurse Pam. You can find me at Patton Campus.

Keli Coleman

School Nurse
I grew up in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Health Promotion. I later attended nursing school in San Francisco where I lived for 13 years. I became a Registered Nurse in 2002 with my first job in Labor and Delivery. After having my own children, I moved to France for two and a half years, returning to New Orleans in August 2008 whereby I fell in love with this incredible city again. I love being a nurse and helping others and I love children, so naturally I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join such an outstanding team of colleagues at the most dynamic school in the city. In my personal time I love to travel, exercise, spend time with my kids, my favorite holiday is Halloween, and I love all animals.

Ibrahima-Julien Diaban

Thinking Outside the Classroom Zoo Liaison
Hey y’all!!  You cannot imagine how happy and proud I am to work at Lycée for the 5th year. I remember when I graduated as a nurse in Laval – my lovely hometown in France – and when I earned a French as Foreign Language Diploma, I couldn’t imagine that I’d live this dream: to work with wonderful students in a zoo, to teach them ”football” (soccer in America), to enjoy the unique ambiance of this city, and to even live in a little house at the zoo swamp – or so the children believe.

Ann Woodruff

Thinking Outside the Classroom French Quarter Liaison
I am excited to join the staff of Lycee full-time after two years of working solely on the French Quarter TOC program. Originally a New Yorker, I have lived in New Orleans for almost 20 years and consider myself semi-native. I earned a MA degree in Historic Preservation from Tulane University and have worked at the Louisiana State Museum, as well as in other history and old-house-related capacities.  I am also a Lycee parent and will have the interesting experience this year of working with my own child in the 4th grade French Quarter program. I’m sure to embarrass him as his French is already better than mine!

UPDATED: Oct. 19, 2020